NCAAB Power Rankings: Week 17

By Zack Cimini - Covers Expert

The top 3 teams in our Weekly NCAAB Power Rankings remain the same as conference tournaments get underway. The biggest riser goes to Kentucky, who went from un-ranked to #19. Meanwhile, Arizona fell from the #13 slot completely out of the rankings.

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Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 28-3
-19.5 Michigan St
Will the Spartans have an edge with the Big Ten tournament already underway?
2 2 same 26-2
-18.8 Virginia
There are few teams that can hang their hat on a great season no matter the results in March. Virginia is one of them.
3 3 same 26-4
-18.5 Villanova
The difficulty of wins for the Wildcats will likely make them an early nominee for upsets by most. Yet, this is a tournament quality team that will be ready in March.
4 5 up 1 26-4
-18 Xavier
With three heralded seniors Xavier has this post-season as their window to put the program a step further for incoming recruits.
5 4 down 1 24-6
-17.8 Duke
As great as Duke is they seem prone to letdowns in second halves. Some they're able to fight off and get wins and others they've melted. Either way Coach K must rectify their second half woes.
6 6 same 27-4
-17.7 Gonzaga
It's time for another WCC tournament for Gonzaga in Las Vegas. This is the WCC's tenth year at the Orleans Arena.
7 7 same 24-6
-17.6 Kansas
The topsy-turvy season of the Jayhawks suddenly does not look to bad at 24-6.
8 11 up 3 26-5
-17.5 Purdue
After three straight losses the Boilermakers were able to regroup just in time for March Madness.
9 9 same 22-8
-16.9 North Carolina
The Tar Heels had a slip up at home against Miami but showed resilience in a comeback to tie the game. They've taken every teams best shot all season long which will have them tournament ready in March.
10 12 up 2 23-5
-16 Wichita St.
Just two weeks ago Wichita State appeared to be possibly the third best team in the American conference. The Bearcats may have the better conference record by a game but the eye-test bodes to Wichita State.
11 15 up 4 24-7
-15.8 Ohio St.
The Buckeyes may end up garnering a questionable high seed in the tournament. Yet, the landscape of parity at the 3-5 seed line is as high as ever.
12 14 up 2 22-7
-15.2 Tennessee
Three straight victories including two on the road have the Vols as a team not to face in March. They handled Mississippi State on the road to the tune of 76-54.
13 8 down 5 24-6
-15 Auburn
Consecutive losses will test Bruce Pearl and his team for the first time this year. A solid showing in the SEC needs to happen if they want to stay near the four-seed line.
14 18 up 4 22-8
-14.8 West Virginia
Suddenly the Mountaineers are creeping back into the fold in the Big 12. Five wins in their last seven games have been huge especially their victory against Texas Tech.
15 19 up 4 24-7
-14.6 Michigan
Are the Wolverines capable of another good run in the tournament? They've been as feisty of a team to knock off in March with runs in 2012, 2013, and last season.
16 20 up 4 22-7
-14.4 Clemson
The Tigers are one of those teams that's merit is unknown. They've had multiple close losses and weren't fully healthy amidst a tough three-game losing streak. Now with Shelton Mitchell back in the fold they look like a true contender.
17 17 same 27-4
-14 St. Mary's
A 27-4 record is typical of St Mary's, and is why they'll be on the back line of seeding.
18 21 up 3 26-5
-13.8 Nevada
The Mountain West's weakness over the years has taken away the thunder from a special season from the Wolf Pack. This is a team capable of doing just as much damage as former strong San Diego State Mountain West teams
19 N/R N/R 21-9
-13.7 Kentucky
It appears that four straight losses in the SEC opened the door for Coach Cal to get through to his talented group. They're playing their best basketball of the season.
20 22 up 2 25-4
-13.6 Cincinnati
The Bearcats may be ranked tenth but showed enough weakness in my eyes to not trust ATS in the American tournament or big dance.
21 24 up 3 23-6
-13.3 Houston
It may have not looked like division one basketball but Houston's run away victory over East Carolina was impressive.
22 23 up 1 23-5
-13.2 Middle Tennessee St.
Middle Tennessee's win-streak is now up to ten games but nothing is guaranteed from a seeding standpoint. They'll need to win the Conference USA tournament to have insurance.
23 10 down 13 22-8
-13 Texas Tech
Four straight losses may have exposed the Red Raiders for the remainder of their season.
24 25 up 1 23-6
-12.8 St. Bonaventure
Eleven straight wins and the Bonnies still can't crack the top twenty-five. They've shown enough with a win against Rhode Island and a triple-overtime victory over Davidson. To top it off they're covering as well.
25 16 down 9 23-5
-12.5 Rhode Island
Every team experiences a severe let down game no matter if it's at home or away. For Rhode Island the inability to score at home against a below .500 Saint Joseph's team was more alarming than the result.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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